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Old 9th Sep 2011, 19:21
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How to Transport an 18 month old up a hill?

Me and Mrs Ginge are looking after an 18month old bruiser (Dan).

I've just got to a stage in my life, where all I had to transport around was my beer belly.

All of a sudden, I've got Dan in tow most days of the week. Thankfully there's loads of wheelchair friendly routes which help us pass the time of day, but now surfing season's coming to a dark close, it's time for something more challenging.

One of me' favourite routes is the route between Castleton - Mam Tor - Castelton, which, to those who don't know, is elevated, steep and bumpy.

Now, when gingerette Mk1 was younger, I used to carry her on a back-pack, but advancing age has took a toll on my left knee so I'm guessing that a pushchair (or a knee replacment) is the only solution.

I've worn the existing chair to bits, thinking of getting one of these pneumatic three wheelers? Anyone got any experience of these? Are they really "all terrain?"


I was going to post this on mums.net but thought I may get more illuminating answers on here

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Old 9th Sep 2011, 19:42
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Are they really "all terrain?"
They are, but they don't flatten out the bumps and your passenger might not appreciate all the movements, unless of course he's asleep Don't forget the coming down is often more difficult than the going up as you have to resist the weight of the buggy and the contents, hard especially if the incline is steep. Have you considered one of those rucksack children carriers ? If said bruiser isn't too heavy your knee might not object too much.



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Old 9th Sep 2011, 20:09
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have considered it SHJ but don't trust the stability of the joint now.

Think I'm getting old.
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How to Transport an 18 month old up a mountain.

This'll work. Don't let the Missus watch though.

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Old 9th Sep 2011, 20:28
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You want a mountain buggy. Mountain buggy are a NZ company or you want a baby jogger an American company. I've got a baby jogger, a city one, but it's the best stroller I've ever owned. (And that's been a few.)
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Or just walk up Snowdon instead, and then the baba can take the train.
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Old 9th Sep 2011, 20:37
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Fan daby dozy ladies, Mums net...eat ya'heart out.

Now the only decision to make now is; pneumatic or sold rubber?

Mrs G reckons solid rubber gain's less punctures, but she's not the one pushing it.
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Not solid rubber Mr Ginger, otherwise the poor kid will hate you for it The Mountain buggy's are great and the tyres are pretty robust, just like with a mtn bike, let the tyres down a bit when off road. They are, however somewhat expensive, so be warned.



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You could recognise that you are now a PARENT, your life has changed, and taking a new baby on an unnecessary and difficult (by your own admission) journey is selfish & immoral, and thus probably constitutes child abuse.



Yes, your first impulse will be to whinge about my post - before you do, ask yourself:
  1. Does an 18 month old WANT to climb a mountain?
  2. Even if they don't, will it do them any good? Will they even remember it?
  3. Do you want to climb this mountain?

If the answers are "No, No, Yes" - then you are risking the child for your satisfaction, not the child's.
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Fleabay is your friend.....
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Old 9th Sep 2011, 20:50
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Jeez Checkerboard, He's going to bring the child back down.....
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Does an 18 month old WANT to climb a mountain?
Probably not but social services get uppity when you leave them in the car park.

s selfish & immoral, and thus probably constitutes child abuse.
Have a word with yourself sunshine, that is a major overreaction.
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You're right - feckit, too much booze on my part.


Go ahead - strap the kid to your back, and climb Everest.



There is such a thing as a "babysitter" for those who want to go out and do stuff not appropriate for kids.
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Checkers sweetie... it's fine.
Gingernuts is in the medical profession and has also been a successful parent before now and would, therefore, be fully aware of the risks.

It's good for kids to get out, and what little I know of Ginge, he'll look after that kid damn well. You can mollycoddle kids too much, and it's better for them if they learn to fit in with your lifestyle from the start. The walk that Ginger is talking about is just that, a walk, not a climb up a mountain, but it IS on uneven ground.

Hence his very sensible questions on transport. Ginge is an outdoors sort of laddo, as has been well documented on here, and the kid will have a blast with him.

There are stupid people out there - my personal bug bear is people who ski with their kids strapped onto their backs - THAT is stupid beyond belief, but what Ginge is proposing isn't.
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Good point Checkboard and thanks for the advice.


  1. Does an 18 month old WANT to climb a mountain?
  2. Even if they don't, will it do them any good? Will they even remember it?
  3. Do you want to climb this mountain?
The reason's for my walking ambition are completely selfish, although, I do have to say, they were when my own kids were young, but they seemed to enjoy the fresh air (even in December !)

Dan is under my care, I'm not his parent in the true sense of the word, I'm just looking after him because he wasn't looked after well before.

'spose I've dressed the question up a bit, but I'm just trying to ask if I should get a three wheeler with pneumaic tyres, or one with solid rubber tyres.

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Everest:

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OK. I recognise that I was being ... um ... argumentative.

However, perhaps a thread title of:
should get a three wheeler with pneumaic[sic] tyres, or one with solid rubber tyres.
would have provoked a better response than:
How to Transport an 18 month old up a mountain.
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Old 9th Sep 2011, 21:34
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Okay, have changed the title.

Hill/Mountain sort of get's blurred.

Have to get up a 2600'foot rocky path. And get down. No danger's identified on a walk I've done many times before with Max (the dog).

Not "mountain" perhaps, but a big hill.

Believe me, no harm intended to Dan
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Keep going Checkers and Reddo won't need to take you to the vet, Gingernuts could probably make a few adjustments to you himself.
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One of these should balance out the beer belly!
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